London : An Indian-origin pathologist in the UK has been accused of mishandling post-mortems and the police were investigating if any criminal charges needed to be brought against him.

Khalid Ahmed, who qualified as a doctor in 1989 in Bengaluru, worked as a consultant histopathologist at the Royal Oldham Hospital in Manchester and carried out an undisclosed number of post-mortem tests for the north Manchester coroner’s office, the Telegraph reported on Thursday. Ahmed repeatedly recorded the wrong cause of death for patients, misidentified organs and potentially mixed up bodies, the report said. In May 2017, the office’s senior coroner raised concerns about Ahmed’s examinations and a recent review found “significant concer­ns” with his “inadequa­te” re­ports.

Prof Simon Kim Suvarna, a consultant histo­patholo­gist at Sheffield Tea­ching Hospitals, conducted the review of Ahmed and found some reports to have an “incorrect” cause of death.

Suvarna was also reported to have noted that Ahmed’s tests “did not even meet the standards expected for pathology students to pass the autopsy component of the final exam,” the daily reported.

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